Nokia laptops might soon launch in India as portables show up on BIS website

Highlights
  • Nokia-branded laptops have shown up on the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) website
  • There appear to be a total of nine SKUs in all, four with Intel Core i3 processors and five with Core i5 processors. 
  • Nokia’s upcoming laptops will likely compete against similarly-specced offerings from the likes of Xiaomi. 

Nokia laptops might be launching in India really soon as after establishing its presence in the smart TV market, the brand appears to be eying the highly-lucrative laptop market. Some Nokia-branded laptops have shown up on the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) website. There appear to be a total of 9 SKUs in total, indicating that it is not going to be a one-off release. However, there is no indication about when the Nokia laptops will be released in India. Considering that they’ve only arrived on the BIS website a few days ago, it could take a while before they get the green light, especially when the BIS has been taking longer than usual to process applications. 

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The actual model numbers tell us that there are four Intel Core i3 and five Intel Core i5 models in the works, likely belonging to Intel’s 10th-generation Comet Lake family of processors. It is somewhat puzzling, considering that newer Ice Lake and Tiger Lake-based CPUs have been out and about on the market for quite some time. This also tells us that Nokia is likely targeting the low end of the spectrum (Rs. 30,000 to Rs 60,000) to take on offerings from the likes of Xiaomi.

Little more is known about the mystery Nokia laptops at this point. The nine different SKUs could very well be two models with varying amounts of storage and memory. Given that the processor choices are limited to Core-i3 and Core-i5, it is unlikely that we’ll see a model offer more than 8GB of RAM. Storage options could vary between NVMe SSD-only variants and ones that offer a combination of both solid-state and mechanical storage.